AddressOld Gurna LuxorSee nearby area
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Lonely Planet review
The oldest hotel on the west bank, the Marsam was originally built in the 1920s as a house for archaeologists from the Universoty of Chicago, but was later turned into a hotel by Sheikh Ali of the local Abd el Rasoul family. The family have run it ever since. Work in 2013 left the hotel looking its best.
Twenty of the 36 rooms have ensuite bathrooms and air-con, the others fans, but all retain the simple mudbrick design and bare furnishings. The courtyard, open to fields and the excavations of the Temple of Amenhotep III, is a lovely, shaded place to sit - a delicious breakfast with home-baked bread is served here. Atmospheric and quiet, and close to almost all the west bank sights, it remains popular with archaeologists, so you need to book ahead, particularly during the dig season (roughly from October to March). If you can't get a room, stop by for lunch, or a cold beer at the end of a hot day seeing the tombs.
Our independent authors have visited Marsam Hotel and selected this as one of our recommended historic hotels in Luxor.
Services & facilities
Temple of Merenptah & Museum
Colossi of Memnon
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